Mar 26, 2013

Garden Struggle and Kiss of Death

Garden Struggle

Jesus and His disciples had just finished eating the Passover meal when Jesus brought them
to the olive grove called Gethsemane.

“My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.” 
-Jesus to Peter and Zebedee in the olive grove 

Jesus was in great anguish over his approaching physical pain and spiritual pain—being
separated from the Father and death for the sins of the world. The divine course was
set, but He, in His human nature, still struggled. 

Jesus went a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying,
“My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken from me.
Yet I want Your will, not mine.”

Not only did He know He’d die a painful death, He knew that because of the weight of a
world of sin, He was going to be separated from the Father. This was more unbearable
than physical death.  Jesus took on our sins that Friday morning and suffered spiritual
separation from God so that we would never have to know what that feels like. We
will never be separated from God. 

Reference: Matthew 26:37-38 and 39
Kiss of Death
Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ
In the midst of a beautiful olive grove, as Jesus’ prayers rose to meet the Father’s ear, the end had begun. 

Judas, one of the twelve disciplines, arrived with a mob that was armed with swords and clubs.
They had been sent out by the leading priests and other leaders of the people.
Judas had given them a prearranged signal:
“You will know which one to arrest when I go over and give him a kiss of greeting.”

So Judas came straight to Jesus.

“Greetings, Teacher!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.

 Jesus said,
“My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.”


Jesus says to His enemy, Judas, “My friend….”           

Incredible. Powerful. So God... 

Reference: Matthew 26:47-50



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